Past Projects

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the παιδολογος project: cross-language investigation of phonological development

Affiliated investigator: Katerina Nicolaidis

The paidologos project was a large cross-linguistic investigation of phonological development that was supported by NIDCD funding between 2003 and 2010. The project aimed to compare the speech of 2-6 year old children with typical phonological development across four languages that have different phonotactics. The languages were Hong Kong Cantonese, American English, Greek and Japanese. Some of the parameters investigated include the role of lingual obstruent phoneme frequency and vowel context in the acquisition of these consonants in the above languages. More information can be found at http://www.ling.ohio-state.edu/~edwards/ and http://learningtotalk.org/node/5?q=node/24.

AVHI (Articulatory Variability in Hearing Impairment)

Main Investigator: Katerina Nicolaidis
Period: 1998-2000
Aristole University Research Committee Grant

The project used electropalatography (EPG) to study the linguo-palatal contact patterns of several consonants produced by four Greek speakers with profound HI and different degrees of intelligibility. EPG was also used as a bio-feedback technique for the teaching of articulatory targets.

PEPIKA: Teacher training seminars for in-service teachers of English as a foreign language

PI: Katerina Nicolaidis co-directed with Marina Mattheoudakis
Self-funded Project – Aristotle University Research Committee

From 2003 and for several years, the department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics offered Teacher training seminars to in-service teachers of English as a foreign language. Different programs were offered (two-week, one-week, weekends) covering many areas including teaching vocabulary, teaching the skills, teaching pronunciation, learner autonomy, classroom management, teaching young learners, microteaching etc.